What to do with photography at 14

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  1. helloyo53

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    Hi everyone.

    So, I'm kind of falling into a slump with photography. I know that sounds silly, but I'm starting to get less interested in it.

    I was trying to sign up for a photo stock thing, but when I told my mom that I had to provide government ID, like a birth certificate, she didn't want me doing it. I don't blame her, she wants me to stay safe.

    So that kind of put me down.

    So, I'm 14 years old. There's really nothing I can do with photography at my age. Parents are only good to a certain extent for viewing your photographs. After a while, everytime you show them a photo you took, it's the same reaction: very nice!

    I'm getting really bored with photography. I'm finding it really boring to take really really good pictures only to have them collect cyber dust on my computer. Is there anything that I can do with photography at 14 years old, or am I screwed for a while?

    Thanks.
     
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    Make prints, experiment with post processing, find new subjects, try new techniques... endless really.
     
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    I understand your parents' concern with the internet considering your age but they should be able to look at the stock sites and figure out which ones are safe. The ID thing, I'm pretty sure, is for tax purposes.

    That said, stock sites are mostly not going to do much for you, financially or otherwise. True stock agencies are another story altogether but at your age, I doubt you have the amount of photography required to join one.

    In the meantime, keep learning. No matter how good you think you are I do not believe for one second you have nothing more to learn. Do this and by the time you can get around on your own and actually consider taking photo work, you could be way ahead of other photogs in your age group.

    Shoot and post here. Or, if you are truly good, there are forums that have way more advanced members. The best one don't just let you join though. They look at your photos and decide if you have something to contribute.
     
  4. IgsEMT

    IgsEMT No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    WRONG.
    My first real job was assisting a videographer. I just turned 15then. It was later that I switched to photo side of the industry. Look around, maybe video/photographer looking for an assistant.
     
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    You have a huge advantage over us older folk. You have so much time to learn the digital world of photography and editing. You have LITERALLY years to perfect your work.

    And yeah the parentals are always going to say your work is 'real nice' but that's what we're here for. Post your stuff so it doesn't collect 'dust' and you get the c/c you really need!

    Don't give up!
     
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    im 15 and from ontario too! :lol::D

    Theres a lot you can do with photos other than putting them up on the internet, theres even so many possibilities on this forum as far as posting photos.

    I agree with weddingphotographer, you and I have years to perfect our stuff and try new teqniques, gear, processing, and even a lot of free time on our hands compared to the older people that work.

    When I first got interested in photography I almost gave up because I didnt have money to pay for it, that would of been a big mistake.

    If your looking for somewhere to use your photos try your school newspaper, or try shooting school events. And if you want to sign up for other sites to share your photos try flickr, smugmug or photobucket, but you wont get more than a Very Nice!

    Don't give up, enjoy the moment, enjoy photography for fun, enjoy learning new things.
     
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    You know, one thing I didn't think about because school was a long time ago for me, lol, is yearbook work. Do you guys in Canada do yearbooks like us here in the US? Great opportunity to learn as you work even if it's not paid.
     
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    Start shooting film... Less pictures, more precise shots. You'll be surprised how different the photography look when you can press the shutter only 36 times per roll :)
    I am bored personally with digital because I am not good photo guy. I am not good because I am impatient. Going out with a film camera and no additional rolls in the pocket makes me think more of the composition, exposure, focus etc. Make me work before I press the shutter. And I see my results after the lab.

    And of course the photography doesn't have to be as a full time job for you... Do some teen age stuff as well ;)
     
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    Sorry to say but I looked at your last few submissions here and your images are not what I would consider "really really good", even for a 14 year old.

    Keep on practicing is what you need to do. If walking around the yard taking pictures of butterflies and flowers is boring, head to a skate park, soccer game, whatever. Try something different.

    Look into developping some post processing techniques.

    Find an image you really like and imitate it to a tee!
     
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    we do it, theres a whole bunch of senior girls walking around with D40's/D60's taking pictures of people and putting them in the yearbook. :lol:
     
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    Oh, thanks for the words of encouragement.
     
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    Well, after reading Big Twinkie's comment, I went through and looked at your last few submissions as well, in light of your statement about how boring it is to take, "really, really good pictures only to have them collect cyber dust."

    You know, photography is more than one thing; photography has art, craft, and science underlying it. Many people today are very,very weak on the science part, many are weak on the art part, many are weak on the craft part, and many are weak on all three areas. You, as a young person of 14, have not had the time it takes to study and learn many of the photographic principles that underly successful photography.

    I too,was involved in photography at age 14. Digital cameras and the web did not exist then, but there were a lot of very serious, dedicated photographers who wrote things called books back then. Books took effort, and had to be approved by editors, who lived in fear for their jobs, so only the BEST information and the best photographers or technicians or craftsmen were allowed to write books. Now, on the web,and with digital cameras and digital image processing both a reality, there is absolutely no selection process, and the barriers to entry have largely been removed. Except at the stock photography level, where there are still selection criteria, and honestly, you need to work much more on the art, craft, and the science of photography if you hope to be accepted as a microstock photographer. Your technical proficiency does not yet qualify your work as really,really good--you have a long ways to go.

    I'm not trying to bash you or your work, but there are hundreds of thousands of people who have dedicated their lives to photography,and those are the types of people who are successfully shooting stock and microstock. Like the posters above mentioned, you have literally years to learn your craft, develop technical skills, and learn what makes a nice image. You could start your own web site, or your own photo blog. You could create on-line galleries. You could join pBase or Flickr, and develop a following and an audience there if you want to. You CAN do it, if you want to. I think you'd be well-served by reading some books about photography. Not web-based stuff about recipes and processing steps and "workflow", but some actual books--something that had to go through a vetting and selection process. You're 14 years old now; if you apply yourself, in 10 years you could become the next ________ __________.
     

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